Thursday – Feb. 11, 2016
Day 2 – John 1:19-34
Focus: vss. 32-34
32 And John bore witness: “I saw the Spirit descend from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. 33 I myself did not know him, but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ 34 And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.”
This whole section from John’s Gospel, Chapter One is about a testimony. It is John the Baptist’s testimony concerning Jesus. In the process he had to disillusion people as to who he was not. He was not the Christ. He was not Elijah. He was not the Prophet. He said of himself that he was simply the “voice of one crying out in the wilderness.” In fact, he even summarized his message for those sent by the Pharisees to question him. He even quoted Isaiah by saying his message was, “Make straight the way of the Lord.”
John the Baptist seems to be somewhat miffed that these people were focusing on him when he wanted to focus on the “Lamb of God.” Later on he even says, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” He had no aspiration other than to proclaim the coming of the Lamb of God. He is letting the pharisaic messengers know that their focus is all wrong. He is trying to tell them to get their attention off him and onto the one who is coming. He speaks of this one who is coming as being of much greater importance and he was just preparing the way for him. John “bore witness” as to who this person was. He did not know the name of this person until after he saw him and saw him in fulfillment of what God had revealed to him. See verse 33. Also, in verse 34, he plainly states that “this is the Son of God.” What a statement for him to make to these messengers from the Pharisees. Right off the bat he states clearly that he is preparing the way for “the Son of God.” He is not important but obviously the Son of God IS important. He baptized with water to call people to repentance in preparation for the coming of the Son of God. His was an important task but he himself was not important.
Do you know that we are all called to be John the Baptists to this sinful and broken world? We are supposed to make straight paths for the coming of the Son of God to those in our generation. We are not important but the one we represent is definitely important. He is none other than the Son of God. In us, and around us, He is to increase while we are to decrease. Is that happening for you in relation to the Son of God who is your Savior and Lord? This is the most important distinction we can make about Jesus Christ. Jesus is the Son of God!
Prayer Focus: Dear Jesus, forgive me for often thinking I and my needs are more important than You. Please continue to teach me about this special relationship I have with You. Help me to be more and more convinced of the fact that You ARE the Son of God. AMEN.